#WellnessWednesday - Yoga For Life: Week 34

-by Kelsey Skrinde | 11/23/2016 |

Cat / Cow

 

Benefits:

  • Establishes an even and conscious breathing pattern.
  • Loosens spine and shoulders.
  • Helpful way to see the curves in your spine.
  • Learning to arch the upper back.

Foundation & General Alignment:

  • Hands are shoulder width apart, below the shoulders.
  • Knees are beneath hips or slightly back.
  • Arch the sitting bones while you inhale.
  • Tailbone descends with exhale.
  • You can also hold for more than one breath in either pose.

Common Problems:

  • Most at risk is the low back, neck if forced.
  • Hands are misaligned.
  • Hunching of the shoulders.
  • Collapsing the low back while in arched position.

Modifications:

  • Blanket under knees as padding.
  • Block between upper thighs. 

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